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Animals adapt in different ways to survive in their habitat or biome. We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to adaptation. SCIS 1697986

BBC nature wildlife pages. How adaptations and behaviours of animals such as intelligence, communication, feeding and morphology enable them to survive in their habitat. Examples and information on animals exhibiting each of the adaptations.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.

The Elevator
Earth floor has an overview of adaptation and biomes. Also, check out the related sections, diversity and spheres.

Suggested level: primary

Homework help
Homework website for Woodlands Junior School, UK. A brief introduction to animal adaptations and survival.

Suggested level: primary

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers, use the search term ‘adaptation’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

National Geographic

National Geographic Education has information on different types of adaptation in the animal world such as structural, behavioural and habitat. It also has a slide show of examples of animals and how they have adapted to their surroundings.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Hampshire public television programmes for children. First four programmes look at adaptations in some animals found in the US. Videos (Episodes) and written information (Naturefiles) for each section.

Suggested level: primary

San Diego Zoo
General information about animals and the habitats they live in.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides comprehensive information on Adaptation at junior level.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Little Hotchpotch, by Brian Patten & Michael Terry, 2001 (picture book)
Just So Stories: How the Leopard Got His Spots, by Elizabeth Rogers, 2010 (picture book)


Scholastic Study Jams
Brief videos about animal adaptations (3.06 mins) and plant adaptations (3.20). Definitions and examples of the different ways animals and plants adapt to survive.

Adaptations in action. Looks at structural adaptations in Australian plants and animals. Youtube. 9.07

Animal atlas. Fitting in. Animals have evolved to fit in to their environment. Has advertisments. Youtube 22.34

Animal atlas. How animals have adapted to different habitats. Has advertisements. Youtube. 22.34

Fishworks. Adaptation video about fish for primary students. Youtube 9.57